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Monday, October 24, 2016

District Meeting in Virginia

Hey!
It sounds like a really fun eventful week this week! Things have been going pretty well in Mount Airy! Oh and thank you for that package.  It sure did help! I already ate the trail mix stuff-it's addicting!
Anyways things have been going really well! We weren't able to meet with that lady Judy, but we are meeting with her on Thursday, and she is still interested in taking the lessons. We have high hopes for her still! She is a very smart lady, and the gospel would bless her life so much.

There is another person I wanted to talk about his name is Mack.  He has been coming to church regularly for over 4 years, is very active, has a solid testimony, has taken the missionary lessons multiple times, watches conference, goes to gospel doctrine instead of gospel principles, but hasn't been baptized yet. He is what missionaries call "a dry Mormon" or an "eternal investigator". He really is a good man though, and I know someday soon he will be baptized. He says that he for sure sees himself being baptized someday, just needs to work on a few things.  We will keep steady contact and help him all that we can. He is a good man.

We hope to see the work hasten more. We are working hard, and trying to put it out there. It's been great though I really love it and love the people! I hope you have a great week take care!

Elder Cannon

P.S.  These pictures are from a district meeting in Virginia.  We talked about the Book of Mormon if you can't tell.


This is the cheesiest most awkward looking picture ever

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Blessings



Well it has been another great week! I'm still trying to get settled in, and meet with people. I'm really enjoying it though, and love digging in trying to get to know people.

This last week I have been able to give a couple of blessings. Those were some moments I won't forget. I was going to tell you about some of the experiences.

The first one was about a lady named Judy Stockton. We were at a members house eating dinner, and they had their friend over, Judy, and she was an older lady. Anyways we had dinner, and were all casually talking in a sun room. It wasn't a formal thing.  There were people coming in and out.  It felt like thanksgiving.  For some reason there were a lot of people. Anyways we were just having a conversation, and somehow we were slightly talking about church and someone said the word "atonement."   I'm not sure who it was, but Judy asked the question, "what is the atonement?" From there it was a flood gate.  She told us of the things she is going through. She recently had her only 2 sons commit suicide, and her grandkids moved out of the country and has no contact with them. She has been through a ton, and asked a lot of deep deep soul questions that have weighed her down. I really felt something about her, and with the spirit, was able to give a little peace to the questions she had. One was pretty much if God was all knowing, and all loving why would he let this happen to me? It's been so hard on her she said she hasn't prayed in a long time. We talked with her for probably a good hour! She had so many questions that have boiled up with all the horrible things in her life. We were able to help her with some of her concerns, and just really testified of the Atonement, and the plan of Salvation. We gave her a pamphlet and really encouraged her to read it, and try praying to God, and If it was something she was interested in learning more about to let us know and we will help her. She was such a sweet old lady too. She mentioned how she had a lot of pain in her chest and felt like she was going to have a heart attack. We offered to give her a blessing and she accepted. She had physical hardships, but even more emotional and spiritual weight. I was the one who was able to give it. It's a moment I won't forget, the feelings that were felt. I felt Heavenly Father's love for her, and concern. It hit me pretty good. She was grateful for the blessing and we headed out. Two days later we found out from the member that she had felt no pain since the blessing,k and that she would be interested in taking the lessons! It was such great news to hear!!! The power of God is real, and he is still working in people's lives. We are meeting with her this Wednesday. It will be a long process. She said that she is/was Jehovah witness, but is willing to listen. She is pretty much questioning religion in general. The answers the restored gospel gives, I know will fill that gap in her life. She is really struggling, but I hope she sticks with it and tries this. It'll change her life.

The other one was another tender moment. We got called in the night that a lady needed a blessing in the emergency room at the hospital. We went over there with a member to give the blessing. It was an older lady probably in her 90s, and she was in rough, rough shape. She was in the ICU. Again I was the one who was able to give her a blessing. It is the closest I've seen someone so close from leaving this life on earth. It was a special sacred moment, and you could just feel that the veil was thin. I don't really remember much of what was said in the blessing, but I remember peace, and I remember feeling an overwhelming amount of care and love for this lady. Two of her granddaughters were there and they were bawling, and were so grateful that we came. They were both older and less active as well. The spirit was real that night, and I know they felt it.  Hopefully it gets them wanting to change. I am not sure if she is going to make it or not, it was a scary situation, but whatever happens it will be for the eternal benefit. Just from these 2 experiences I felt so much. My eyes were more open to how much God loves every individual. Not just me or you, but every other person. I could really feel it, and it just will always stick with me. I am grateful that I was able to be a part of these.

It's been a good week! I really learned a lot from these experiences it was powerful! I'm loving it here, and all the great people. I feel like I am still changing and becoming a little better each day! It's been amazing! I hope you have another great week and stay warm take care!
Elder Cannon



P.S.
I forgot to mention in the email that it was the autumn leaves festival this weekend. We heard it's the biggest one in North Carolina? It sure was big for me! We spent a lot of time there trying to be seen, and we were definitely seen alright. We had some weird glares the whole day. I am glad that it has ended ha.There was a lot of really great food there I'm sure y'all would've liked it. It had all sorts of crafts and things.  Here are some pictures.




Also, I found this picture of Maddy on Facebook.  It looks like they made it up to the temple to do baptisms for the dead!   I'm sure it was a special day for her.


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Hurricane Matthew

Hey hey hey!

The first week has been pretty good! My companions name is Elder Marsh, and he is from Las Vegas Nevada. He has 3 more months left on his mission.  He is a good guy. He is older because he actually is a convert to the church, and is the only member in his family. He has a strong testimony! He is  pretty quiet as well, so we are pretty similar. Well I guess the Andy Griffith show wasn't actually filmed here, but it's where he grew up, and the inspiration for the town Mayberry I think? It's a really nice little city though, it's not too big and it's in pretty good shape. So far I really love it!  It was hard to leave, I didn't realize how close I was with everyone until I left, and it's a little tough after you get to know people for so long. But it's all good though I'm happy to be here and love it so far! The members have been really great and welcoming! It's just a really nice friendly place.   I'm excited to be here! The work is slower than it is in Morganton quite a bit. That was kind of weird too, because it feels like I'm taking a couple of steps back, but there is still good stuff happening, and there is a lot of amazing potential here! It's gonna be really good I can tell! The gospel will change people! Anyways I'm doing really good still! It is weird, but I'm way happy!! I really know this is where I need to be right now, and that miracles will happen. I'm pretty pumped about it! Here is my new address:  219 Worth Street Mount Airy, NC 27030-4757

Oh yeah and we did get hit with some of that hurricane. I was in Winston Salem on an exchange when it hit here, and it was bad! I also had to drive in it ha, and Winston is a pretty big city! It was
stressful but I survived ha! I still am converted to just living in a small place! It was really windy, and had a lot of rain it was crazy! I heard it's been a bad one and killed lots of people. They were asking for volunteers in the ward for people who could go down and help with all the damage.

Well I hope you have a great week and a happy birthday! I'm sure dad will get something interesting as usual. Thanks though for all that you have done for me. That has been a big eye opener for me is realizing how good I had it, and how much you and dad taught me. Thanks for everything that you do! Take care!
I found this picture on facebook of Maddy's baptism.

This was the first dinner in Mount Airy. It is on Facebook but it's not on my timeline, so I thought I'd send it to y'all. There are a lot of really great people here!


The next few pictures are when I went on splits in Tennessee.  It is beautiful.